The End of the Point A Novel Author:Elizabeth Graver A place out of time, Ashaunt Point?a tiny finger of land jutting into Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts?has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls?teenagers He... more »len and Dossie?run wild. The children's Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short and haunts the family for years to come. As the decades pass, Helen and then her son Charlie return to the Point, seeking refuge from the chaos of rapidly changing times. But Ashaunt is not entirely removed from events unfolding beyond its borders. Neither Charlie nor his mother can escape the long shadow of history?Vietnam, the bitterly disputed real estate development of the Point, economic misfortune, illness, and tragedy. An unforgettable portrait of one family's journey through the second half of the twentieth century, The End of the Point artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us. With subtlety and grace, Elizabeth Graver illuminates the powerful legacy of family and place, exploring what we are born into, what we pass down, preserve, cast off or willingly set free.« less
Normally this type of book would be a 5-star review for me: family story told over multiple generations, set at a seaside location. But this one falls short. The story starts out interestingly enough with Bea, the Scottish nanny, and Janie, the youngest of the Porter sisters. But the story then continues with another Porter sister, Helen, and her son, Charlie. Their story was not as interesting to me. We hardly hear about the characters we were introduced to in the beginning of the novel. 'The End of the Point' was good, not great. Beautiful book cover art.